Every year I take up a New Year’s resolution on January 1st. That resolution usually lasts until January 15th and then I either give up on it or forget about it all together. So this year I am trying to jump start the New Year by starting new activities in December. Two weeks ago I started a new diet. Read about it here.
Since I have been successful for two weeks with the new diet I figured I could start something else new as well. In this case it is a restart. You see up until last summer I was consistent at journaling. I learned a long time ago that a key principle to success is keeping a journal. So, based on that idea I kept a journal every day for almost 5 years. It was pretty elaborate. I would write Scripture and then tell about my day. There were a lot of stories of success and failure. There were also a lot of stories in there about my kids.
I think I gave up because I made it too hard. So I went in search of an easier way to journal. And an easier way to keep track of the important things without giving a lot of time to it. There is a lot of information out there on journaling. Everybody has a way to do it. So I took ideas from a lot of different people and summarized my journaling into a few questions. I would like to share them with you. Maybe you have always dreamed of writing a journal but have never been able to get it going. I hope this is helpful to you.
Just so you know you can use anything to journal in or on. I like composition books. The feel of the pen in my hand against the paper is something I enjoy. I know some people who use their computer. And still others who use loose leaf paper. The bottom line, it doesn’t really matter. Use what is comfortable to you.
I have divided my journal up into morning and evening sections.
Here is what I do in the morning. I use starter sentences to help spur my thinking.
- I am thankful for…..
- Peanut Butter
- What would make today awesome?
- Peanut Butter
- Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Peanut Butter Pie
- What are you going to do to get that awesome day?
- Buy peanut butter
- Eat peanut butter
- Make a peanut butter pie (and eat it)
And that is it for the morning. I also leave a space at the bottom of the page to write a little bit about what happened the day before. But other than that it takes about 5 minutes to complete this exercise. All you have to do is write those three sentences and then fill them in with something other than peanut butter answers. (FYI if you do write all peanut butter answers then we would get along well)
In the evening there are only two sentences that I complete. Here they are.
- What are 3 amazing things that happened today?
- Answer 1
- Answer 2
- Peanuts were made into peanut butter.
- How could I have made today better?
I also allow some room at the bottom of the night page to write a few details about the day. By leaving only a small space at the bottom of the page to write it keeps me focused and keeps me from rambling.
There is one more thing that I do. My time with the Lord usually happens right before I write in this journal. So I keep track of prayer requests on the morning page too. It helps me remember to pray for them in the morning and then I see them again at night to remind me to pray again.
This is a new approach that I am taking to journaling. It has helped me focus on some goals so far. I hope it is helpful to you.
What process do you use to journal? I would love to hear. Leave a comment below.